Fien expecting tough Rabbitohs test

Nathan Fien expects his St George team mates to come out in determined mood when they face rivals South Sydney on Monday.

The New Zealand international is well aware of the importance of the derby match up, and is anticipating a fired-up Rabbitohs performance.

“We all know that we have to get on with the job and it’s going to be a tough game on Monday,” said Fien.

“They seem to rise against us and this has been the case at least since I’ve been here wearing the Red V.

“I’m expecting a big clash against a Rabbitohs side who are a really good which features a great forward pack.”

Rabbitohs Head Coach John Lang has named Sam Burgess in the front row to replace the injured Luke Stuart.

Michael Crocker will start at lock with Dave Tyrrell shifting to the second row. Rookie Nathan Peats will move onto the interchange bench.

Wayne Bennett meanwhile, has named the same 17-man squad that defeated Canterbury in appalling conditions last weekend.

But the weather was a factor which helped, rather than hindered the Dragons according to Fien.

“We were happy with the conditions against the Bulldogs,” he said

“Our ball control was a lot better and we got into that grinding style of football that we’re accustomed to and were able to wear them down in the end.

“Though we’ve started the season off well we still have a bit of improvement to do and are working hard in training.”

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